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13 spooky science stories

Tis the season, after all.<p>It's Friday. It's also Friday <i>the 13th</i>. And it's <i>also</i> October, A.K.A. Halloweentember. You know what that means: it's time for some spoOooOooOooky science stories. Here are 13 of the most shudder-inducing tales we could find in the <i>Popular Science</i> vaults.<p>A mysterious …

Nike’s Chief of Design Doodles All Day

In the latest installment of this series that goes inside the private working worlds of designers, John Hoke, the chief design officer of Nike, discusses how his dyslexia made him look at the world differently, why he doodles and how he manages 1,000 designers. The interview has been edited and …

Shoes

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from <i>doing</i> to <i>leading</i>. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities …

How Essential Oils Became the Cure for Our Age of Anxiety

Aromatic oils have become big business. But are they medicine or marketing?<p>Twenty years ago, Carla Cohen fell mysteriously ill. She couldn’t put her finger on what was wrong; it felt as though some conspiracy between her mind and her body were eroding her capacity to work. Cohen, who was an …

Most meat animals are raised with the assistance of daily doses of antibiotics. By 2050, antibiotic resistance will cause a staggering 10 million deaths a year<p>Every year I spend some time in a tiny apartment in Paris, seven storeys above the mayor’s offices for the 11th arrondissement. The Place de …

Agriculture

Social Security benefits to get 2% boost in 2018

Social Security recipients will get a 2% increase in benefits in 2018, an amount slightly lower than what was projected this summer but up sharply from the past two years.<p>The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) covers more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries and more than 8 million …

Trump Hints At A Limit On Federal Aid To Puerto Rico; San Juan Mayor Responds

"We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders" in Puerto Rico "forever," President Trump said Thursday, hinting at a possible limit on federal aid to the island territory where 3.4 million Americans have struggled to recover from two destructive hurricanes.<p>Here are the president's …

Boy Scouts allowing girls into Cub program, but will keep them separate

The Boy Scouts of America will now allow girls to join the ranks of its Cub Scouts program, as well as create a Scouting program for older girls, the …

Caitlan Coleman and Family Leave Pakistan After Hostage Ordeal

An American woman and her family freed from the custody of a Taliban-linked group left Pakistan on a flight bound for Britain Friday after her husband earlier declined to board a plane to the U.S., officials said.<p>Caitlan Coleman, who is originally from Pennsylvania, and Canadian Joshua Boyle were …

California fires: Almost 6,000 buildings destroyed, 36 people killed

<b>(CNN) —</b> Reinforcements from other regions are helping firefighters contain more of the largest wildfires devastating Northern California, though strong winds expected over the weekend could challenge those gains, a fire chief said Friday.<p>Meanwhile, officials are making grim discoveries -- victims …

Natural Disasters

Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again

WASHINGTON — President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, …

Health Care

In Harvey Weinstein saga, young lives forever altered

NEW YORK (AP) — Katherine Kendall was 23 and fresh out of acting school when she met him. A former ballet dancer working hard to launch herself as an actress, she had just landed a good agent and was juggling a schedule packed with auditions.<p>"He was so warm when I met him and so inviting. He made …